Marine Conservation

4355 copyTurtle Nesting on the Coastline

Three species of Sea Turtle (Leatherback, Olive Ridley and Black) nest on the beaches of Todos Santos. Olive Ridleys nest year round, Leatherbacks from October to April, and Blacks from September to February.  Please do not drive ATV’s or cars on the beach. The whole Coastal Area around Todos Santos has turtle nesting going on a good portion of the year. There are local organizations working on conservation.

For hatchling sites and more information go to: http://www.todostortugueros.org

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 Conservation Organizations

Marine turtles are in danger of extinction in México as they are all over the world. ProFaunaBaja is coordinating with ASUPMATOMA, a local marine turtle conservation organization to evaluate the spatial distribution of nesting Olive Ridleys (Lepidochyles olivacea) in an effort to expand the federally protected zone. The monitoring area is characterized by dune-backed beaches along the Pacific coast of the Cape Region of Baja California Sur. ProFaunaBaja began a project to collect baseline data of an undisturbed area to monitor the seasonal rate of change in coastal dunes and digitally record the location and density of marine turtle nests in relation to coastal dunes.
ProFaunaBaja conducts educational turtle camps with The Palapa Society that patrol for nests and females, help relocate nests to a protective corral, and release hatchlings on the beach. They patrol at night and release in the morning. As Eco Kids are transformed into honorary biologists, they will be an asset to our scientific research and conservation efforts.

DID YOU KNOW?

The Leatherback Sea Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) is the largest, deepest diving, and most migratory, wide ranging of all sea turtles, weighing as much as 2,000 pounds.
Sea turtles are the last of our world’s ancient reptiles, and have existed for more than 200 million years, even when dinosaurs still roamed the earth.
Five out of seven of the world’s sea turtle species (all listed as endangered, threatened or vulnerable by international treaty and the U.S. government) inhabit the nutrient-rich waters that surround the Baja California peninsula.
Each year, throughout the Baja California Peninsula, it is estimated that 35,000 sea turtles are illegally hunted and killed.
While several million green sea turtles once existed worldwide, today, it is estimated that fewer than 200,000 nesting females remain.

Conservation Education

http://palapasociety.org/programs/eco-kids/

Eco Kids Program is an environmental education program based on ecology principals. Ecology is the study of interactions between plants and animals. Through interactive, hands-on activities and field trips, Eco Kids learn to respect the environment by understanding the benefit to their lives. This program illustrates our connection with the environment using real life examples so kids can relate on multiple levels at school, home, and in their every day lives. The Eco Kids Program aims to create environmental stewards for the next generation.
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Baja – Critically Endangered Vaquita Dolphins

http://cetus.ucsd.edu/voicesinthesea_org/videos/videoVaquitaCons.html